Grand Prairie Dentist: Teach Your Child to Floss

Flossing can be a bit of a sore subject when it comes to dental care. Not only can flossing cause temporarily sensitive gums if not done regularly, but it can also lead to arguments between parents and their children. For some reason, kids don’t want to floss. Unfortunately, enumerating the benefits of flossing will probably do little to change your child’s mind. Children seem to have the innate ability to overlook the fact that floss can clean portions of their teeth where a toothbrush cannot. Luckily, your GrandPrairie dentist, Dr. Quinn Smith, is here to help with tips for teaching your child to floss.

Teaching Kids to Floss

Because kids don’t always view good oral health as a reward, it is sometimes necessary to use a prize for motivation. One tool to help you introduce a prize is a brushing and flossing chart. This chart will allow you to keep track of your child’s brushing and flossing. The chart will also map out the path to the reward for your child. Challenge your child to complete a set number of weeks of brushing and flossing in exchange for a prize. If you’re lucky, your child just may develop a habit during the challenge. To access your printable brushing and flossing chart, visit the following link and choose your favorite design:

Getting kids to floss regularly is certainly a major achievement, but you also want to be sure that they are flossing properly. Try the following tips from your Grand Prairie children’s dentist:

  • Instruct your child to use about 18 inches of floss and leave 2-4 inches between hands.
  • Tell your child to hold the floss between his or her index fingers and thumbs.
  • Remind your child to be gentle and to slide the floss between teeth and up and down the side of each tooth.
  • Demonstrate proper flossing technique for your child.

Schedule a Visit with Your Grand Prairie Children’s Dentist

Regular dental visits are another major part of your child’s oral health. These visits can reinforce brushing and flossing skills and aid in the removal of stubborn plaque and tartar. If your child has not attended a dental visit in the last six months, it is time for a checkup. Schedule a visit with your Grand Prairie children’s dentist, Dr. Smith, today by calling 972-262-5111. Our 75052 dental office welcomes patients from Grand Prairie, Arlington, South Dallas, Cedar Hill, Duncanville, and surrounding communities.